Should I heat a mudroom/vestibule?
I am about to start renovating the mudroom/vestibule of my house and I'm not sure whether I should add electric radiant floor heat.
My house was built around 1930 but the vestibule on the front is only about 30 years old. The exterior is brick and stone. I was told the original entrance fell apart so the prior owners built this new one themselves. Aesthetically, the prior owners did a decent job but otherwise itÃ¢ÂÂs junk. The whole thing leaks and isn't sealed or insulated well. The room is actually 2 stories because it is above what we believe was the coal bin in the basement. When they put in the floor joists for the upper room they ran the wood exposed to the outside which is the cause of most of the leaking when it rains.
Needless to say, we are going to totally have to gut it. I would like to make the room part of the inside of the house rather than the outside, which is currently is.
It's a very small room. Currently about 5 feet by 8 feet, but we plan on putting in a coat closet so the actual room will be smaller.
Is it small enough that it will be ok to just let it heat up by opening the inside door or will it just suck the heat out of the house?
Also, I plan on replacing the front door. So, after a new door and sealing and insulating it should be pretty tight.